With nearly 200,000 residents, Linn County is the second most populous county in the state of Iowa. There are 18 incorporated communities and 11 villages. The urban center is located in the southern part of the county and encompasses the city of Cedar Rapids, and the smaller communities of Marion, Hiawatha, and Robins.
What started in the 1950’s as a new community, Hiawatha has emerged as one of the fastest growing communities in Iowa.
Located north of Cedar Rapids, along the Avenue of the Saints (Interstate 380), the town has become a pristine “hot spot”, both for residential developers as well as businesses looking to expand. The location provides easy access and travel times to jobs, events and school activities in the area.
This growth continues today as the city expands to accommodate the businesses that see opportunities here and the families that are attracted to area. Come and visit Hiawatha and see what it has to offer.
Marion is vintage and hip, nostalgic and new. The historical buildings, boutique shopping and antique dealers, parks and connection to surrounding areas are the crown jewels of Marion. But there is so much more to experience in our area. From our Uptown Marion area, the Pucker Street District and more, one can easily get lost in our quaint urban village.
Experience the charm of two historic communities in a one day trip to historic Mount Vernon and Lisbon, Iowa. Your experience starts at the intersection of the Lincoln Highway and the Old Military Road (or Dillon’s Furrow), and will include distinctive, nationally recognized restaurants, art galleries and studios, antiques, specialty shops and bed-and-breakfast inns. Take walking tours of Mount Vernon’s three registered national historic districts, including the entire Cornell College campus, the downtown shopping district and a charming neighborhood of restored Victorian homes. Tour the Lisbon History Center, take a walk through Palisades-Kepler State Park, or attend one of 14 annual festivals and find out for yourself why Budget Travel Magazine voted Mount Vernon one of America’s 10 Coolest Small Towns.
The Amana Colonies located just 20 miles southwest of Cedar Rapids, are Iowa’s largest National Historic Landmark. The Colonies comprise 26,000 acres of lush, rolling farm ground, Iowa’s largest private forest and the beautiful Iowa River Valley.
The Colonies date to 1855 when a group of German pietists established a communal lifestyle in seven villages; this communal way of life would last until 1932, making it one of the most successful communal societies in the world.
Today you will find historic buildings, businesses and crafts, along with contemporary art, wineries, Iowa’s oldest microbrewery, championship golf, and their famous family-style dining. Seven heritage sites tell the story of the communal era, along with Iowa’s only operating textile mill and other attractions.
Iowa City Coralville
Located only 28 miles south of Cedar Rapids. Iowa City is home to the University of Iowa and internationally recognized University Hospitals. Iowa City was the state’s first capital.
Jones County/Anamosa/Stone City
Picturesque Jones County offers museums, antique shopping, cultural events and festivals. Famous for his painting “American Gothic,” Grant Wood was inspired by this area’s beautiful landscape.
Featuring many treasures from past eras spread through the grounds, including a nationally recognized quilt and textile museum. Kalona is home to many Amish specialty shops, attractions and restaurants.
Home to the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School for the Blind founded in 1853 and made famous in the Little House book series by Laura Ingalls Wilder, Vinton is an eclectic mix of historic infused with modern and artistic experiences. Take the time to discover the chainsaw trail, a walkable tour of unique chainsaw carvings created from several historic trees downed by the Derecho Windstorm of 2011.
Eastern Iowa Tourism Association
Eastern Iowa invites you to follow our highways and venture off the beaten path to see the beauty, sample the fun, and enjoy it all in Eastern Iowa.
State of Iowa Tourism
Find information on travel throughout the state of Iowa.